Hey there! If you’re on this page, congratulations because you are nearing or at the end of your diapering days – yay! As a (soon-to-be) former cloth diaper mom, you know the many benefits of cloth diapers. And want to continue to cut your carbon footprint. I mean, that’s why we started cloth diapering our children in the first place, right?
But you may be wondering what to do with your used cloth diapers now that your family does not need them. There is the option of selling your used cloth diapers. But you can also donate them to a good cause and double your impact on the environment. In this blog post, we will explain how to donate cloth diapers and where you can send them.
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Why donate your used cloth diapers instead of selling them?
Unlike disposable diapers, cloth diapers can be reused again and again. This makes them environmentally friendly. But, once your baby (yes, always our babies) outgrows them, you may be wondering what to do with your beloved stash.
You always have the option of selling your pre-loved cloth diapers. You’ll be able to sell them, especially if you have a popular print. This helps recoup your initial investment in cloth diapers, which can now go towards something else. Yet, there may be a few reasons for not wanting to sell your used cloth diapers. You don’t want the hassle of dealing with customers. Or it’s not worth the time and effort to take photos of them and list them on various selling sites. Then you have to package and ship them once you sell them.
If selling your cloth diaper stash is not right for you, have you ever thought about donating? This may be a great solution! Instead of selling your pre-loved cloth diapers, a donation is a great way to help families in need. By doing so, you can help families who may not be able to afford new or pre-loved cloth diapers. And these families understand the environmental benefits of using cloth. But they may not have the funds for start-up costs. And we know how many diapers babies have to go through, am I right?
Donating used cloth diapers is a great way to give back to the community. Donating to a diaper bank or charity that provides free or low-cost diapers to families in need is a great way to make a difference. So, if you’re looking for a way to help others, consider donating your used cloth diapers instead of selling them.
What organizations accept donated cloth diapers?
Cloth Diaper Charities
There are many non-profits and cloth diaper charities that accept donated cloth diapers. And they will put them to good use. Here are a few in the United States:
Please visit each site to see if the charity is currently accepting donations. They may also list what brands or conditions they are looking for. Some organizations are willing to accept a cloth diaper in any condition. But a cloth diaper charity may only accept donations that are in good condition and need only minor repairs.
The websites will also provide info on how and where to ship your cloth diapers or contact information on how to find out more in case you have any questions.
The National Cloth Diaper Bank
The Share the Love National Cloth Diaper Bank is an organization that is “actively fighting poverty in your community by providing needy families access to reusable cloth diapers”. By doing this, low-income families can save money to use for food and supplies, utilities, or childcare instead of diapers.
There may also be local organizations in your area that accept cloth diaper donations. A quick Google search or Facebook search should help you find a place to donate in your area. There are even local “Buy Nothing” groups where you can pay it forward to the next family.
What do the charities do with my donated cloth diapers?
The cloth diapers you donate will provide families in need with a sustainable and affordable diapering solution. The cloth diapers will be cleaned and repaired (if needed) before being distributed to families.
Your donation of used cloth diapers can make a big difference in the lives of others!
Are cloth diaper donations tax-deductible?
When you donate your used cloth diapers, you are not only are you paying it forward and helping a family in need. You can also get a tax deduction for your donation! What’s not to love about that?
The majority of charities listed above are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, so your donation is tax-deductible. Be sure to get a receipt from the organization for your records.
What are other ways to help a family in need?
If you don’t have any used cloth diapers to donate or the ones you have are not in usable condition, there are other ways you can help a family in need.
- Monetary donation – the organizations listed above accept one-time or recurring monetary donations. There may also be an option to buy a starter kit or make up your own for a family in need.
- Volunteering – instead of donating cloth diapers, you can donate your time and volunteer. You can assist by spreading awareness, coordinating donations, fundraising, and more! You can even become a mentor to provide education to other families who are starting their cloth diapering journey. Organizations are always looking for volunteers
Consider donating your used cloth diapers
Donating your used cloth diapers is a great way to give back to the community. Your donation provides free or low-cost diapers to families in need and is a great way to make a difference.
There are many organizations and charities that accept donated cloth diapers, so please consider donating them instead of selling them. Do some research to find an organization or charity in your area to donate to or you can even start your cloth diaper drive!